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03/25/2011 - 6:03pm
Matsuzaka donates $1 million to Japan relief

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced Friday that the Red Sox Foundation has received $1 million from Daisuke Matsuzaka to assist victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on Mach 11. 

According to the team, 100 percent of Matsuzaka's donation will be given to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help in ongoing relief efforts.

"Our efforts on the field are dedicated to all who are suffering from this catastrophe," Matsuzaka stated in a videotaped message released by the Red Sox. "We are in this together, so we must overcome tragedy together."

To date, the Red Sox Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million from fans, team partners and sponsors. Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda have also made personal donations to the team charity in order to help the relief efforts.

For more Red Sox news, see the team page at weei.com/...

03/25/2011 - 5:54pm
Thornton: Chara a 'proven professional'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway on The Big Show Friday, discussing Thursday's 7-0 victory over the Canadiens and the recent play of captain Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 defenseman has 10 points in the seven games since tossed in March 8's 4-1 loss to the Habs. Thornton noted that he isn't surprised that Chara has shined on the ice despite the scrutiny he's faced. 

"He cares about the well-being of others, but once those doors close, and you get on the ice, things kind of just go away, and you kind of just focus on playing," Thornton said. "Really, it doesn't matter what's going on at home or with your family, or whatever. You get [on the ice] and you've got to forget about all that stuff for 60 minutes. I think that's pretty standard with everybody. 

"Does it surprise me? No. A couple of years ago, he had a baby during the playoffs, and you never would have known that he was losing...

03/25/2011 - 2:34pm
Atchison, Hill, Kalish among Sox cuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Relievers Scott Atchison, Rich Hill, Randy Williams, Brandon Duckworth and Michael Bowden were all cut from the major league camp Friday afternoon. Atchison and Bowden were both optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, while Hill, Williams and Duckworth (who signed minor-league deals) were reassigned to minor league camp. Outfielder Ryan Kalish was also optioned to Triple-A.

"It's never easy," Atchison said. "I felt like I showed them what I can do. ... The situation is what it is."

Atchison pitched in seven games, totaling 8 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits, striking out four and walking four. Bowden appeared in seven games, pitching 9 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking three.

Hill, who was optimistic after altering his arm angle again in the past few days, didn't allow an earned run in 8 2/3 innings (7 games) in Grapefruit League action....

03/25/2011 - 1:17pm
WEEI.com Bruins live chat at 2 p.m.
By: DJ Bean

With the Bruins coming off a big 7-0 shutout of the Canadiens Thursday, it seems the team is picking it up at the right time, as nine games remain in the regular season. Stop by the Big Bad Blog to discuss all things black and gold in a live chat at 2 p.m. 

 

To enter the chat, click here. For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


03/25/2011 - 12:53pm
Bourque on M&M: B's can play with anyone

Bruins legend Ray Bourque appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Bruins and NHL topics of interest.

Bourque said that not only are hits to the head more noticeable now because of the NHL’s crackdown, but also because it seems like there are just more of them. “I think some of the stuff has changed,” Bourque said. “You might’ve seen certain hits that were similar in our day, but it seems like there were less head shots.

“Just flagrant elbows to the head, you’re seeing a lot more it seems like, like [Matt] Cooke a few times that he’s done,” Bourque continued. “I don’t think you used to see that as much. I’m not sure why you’re seeing more of that now, if it’s lack of respect for each other out there or what. I’m happy that they’re really trying to cut it down.”

Bourque also discussed Mark Recchi’s comments about...

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